London rockers Bush were memorable in the ‘90s for two reasons: 1) they were the only British band to do American grunge successfully, and 2) they pretty much wrote the crappest lyrics of all time. Despite not living anywhere near Seattle, the band’s 1994 single ‘Glycerine’ became a global hit, even though it featured lines as rubbish as “I'm never alone / I'm alone all the time / Are you at one / Or do you lie?”
Of course, the guitars were so distorted, frontman Gavin Rossdale’s voice so raw and tortured and the dynamics so… er… dynamic, no one really cared what he was growling. Rocking out like a safer, saner Nirvana, Bush’s debut album Sixteen Stone went gangbusters, even if their later albums faded out along with the ghost of grunge in the late ‘90s.
This side of the millennium, with Bush in a deep sleep, Rossdale has been seen more in gossip mags as Gwen Stefani’s other half. Well, until Bush’s big return last year with Sea Of Memories, their first studio album in ten long years.